Entries in vietnamese cuisine (2)

Wednesday
Jan302013

The Influence of French Cuisine in Modern Vietnamese Food

From the moment you arrive in Vietnam, you’ll be immersed in a world where there’s something tempting to eat everywhere you look. Vietnamese food is a diverse blend of healthy herbs, meat and seafood that’s packed with flavor, and delicious bowls of soup noodles that burst with freshness. Along with ancient and traditional recipes, there are numerous

Vietnam has a long and interesting history that has been shaped by the influence of many outside forces. While we won’t tackle everything here, it was during the Nguyễn Dynasty in the 1800’s, when the French established a colony in Vietnam, when things started to change rapidly. Among many things, the French brought their own food, which slowly but surely began to permeate into all aspects of Vietnamese life. Potatoes, asparagus, cauliflower, lettuce, and carrots are just a few of the ingredients introduced by the French that are now used so frequently in local cooking that they are considered a part of Vietnamese culinary culture.

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Wednesday
Nov142012

Coffee Culture in Vietnam

In modern Vietnamese society, the presence of coffee permeates the lifestyle and culture of nearly everyone. Elderly men congregate early in the morning at cafes to sip on a few cups of coffee while discussing politics or the daily news, and during lunch hour many office workers stop by their neighborhood coffee shop to get a boost of energy for their afternoon shift. In the evenings and throughout the night, youth and adults alike gather with friends and family to hang out at coffee shops to socialize or even sing karaoke.

But although it may appear that coffee is an essential part of the traditional culture, the beverage has only been popular since it was first introduced by the French in the mid 1800’s. Today, Vietnam is the world’s second largest exporter of coffee, and the local population demands an abundant supply.

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